2:34 pm - 01/26/2013

[ENG SUB] "Level 7 Civil Servant" Ep 1 + 2 Discussion Post


Watch the episodes over at DramaFever

Read the recaps of Ep 1 and Ep 2 at Dramabeans


MBC drama "7th Grade Civil Servant" beat "Jeon Woochi - Drama" in just 2 episodes and came in first place.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 25th, "7th Grade Civil Servant" rated 14.5%. This is 1.8% more than the previous episode.

On the other hand, KBS "Jeon Woochi - Drama" fell 0.2% to 13.4%, letting the way open for "7th Grade Civil Servant" to take over the throne.

Han Gil-ro (Joo Won) and Kim Seo-won (Choi Kang-hee) in "7th Grade Civil Servant" met again as rookies of the National Intelligence Service and started quarreling again.

Meanwhile, SBS "The Great Seer" rated 9.0%.
source: segye via hancinema


2PM’s Chansung made a powerful first appearance on the new Wednesday-Thursday MBC drama ‘7th Grade Civil Servant’.

The 2nd episode of the drama had drawn viewer’s attention by having multiple NIS (National Intelligence Service) agents such as Chansung, Kim Min-Seo, and I-Elle, etc. Furthermore, the appearance of the decent agent, Gong Do Ha (Chansung), who seemed not to have taken his eyes off Kim Seo Won (Choi Gang Hee) was enough to shake female hearts.

Gong Do Ha and Kim Seo Won have their first encounter while Kim Seo Won Hee was trying to avoid Gil Ro (Joo Won) at the NIS interview, resulting to drag Do Ha as her shield. Ever since then, Do Ha couldn’t help hiding the feeling that he began to have for Seo Won.

Furthermore, the veil of Do Ha’s bullet-scarred abs was revealed, in turn provoking the motherly instinct of female viewers.

‘7th Grade Civil Servant’ is the romance action performance where everything else of the newbie agents is lie except the love they have. The drama is on air every Wednesday and Thursday night at 9.55PM.
source: dkpopnews

What did you think of the first two episodes?

Amazing! Can't wait till next week!
Pretty good, I'll keep watching.
Wasn't that great, I won't keep watching.
Terrible. My eyes burned.
we_rob_banks 26th-Jan-2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
More like "Wasn't that great, I'll keep watching" because Joo Won and my low standards
purekpopology 26th-Jan-2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
I agree. I think a few parts of it show promise, but it's definitely not off to an amazing start.
purekpopology 26th-Jan-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
I think episode 2 was better than episode 1, but that's not really saying a lot in the end. A few of the moments were funny, but I'm hoping for further improvement in episode 3 now that we've got everything set up and their in a good contained environment.

I think Joowon and Kang Hee have a good bickering chemistry. I don't know how much I'm going to buy into their romantic chemistry yet, but sometimes dramas have magic ways of getting me to root for a couple.

I think Chansung has done a good job so far. I think I'm mainly impressed just because his character is totally opposite of his irl personality. His back story seems a little over the top with the explosion and what not, but I'm also a little confused? I'm assuming the flashback took place during his military service maybe...? And maybe that girl who he was suppose to kill is N Korean...? Those are all guesses though.
edanz_castle 27th-Jan-2013 02:00 am (UTC)
I hate the bickering chemistry. I find it annoying at times.

But I totally agree with you on everything else. Episode 2 was better than the first episode and I'm hoping to see more development in the 3 episode.

markthatcoin 27th-Jan-2013 06:55 am (UTC)
ugh bickering chemistry. it rarely works. apparently my favorite iterations always end up with one person ending the bickering and the other person being angry they can't bicker anymore (City Hunter PMY/LMH, School 2013 LJS/WB)
turtles_tszx 27th-Jan-2013 07:45 am (UTC)
I think changsung was an soldier for UN because of the blue logo at his hat and the foreign doctor. Presuming the place is around SEA bcos the girl is a trained child soldier, he was supposed to kill her but couldn't bcos of her age but managed to do it later by throwing the bomb at the truck. I guess it's going to be one of his issue later on the drama.
purekpopology 27th-Jan-2013 07:52 am (UTC)
wow, awesome analysis! way better than my guesses haha! thanks :)!
sosyndicate 27th-Jan-2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
I thought that was a walkie talkie he threw?
turtles_tszx 28th-Jan-2013 04:28 am (UTC)
I might be mistaken the walkie talkie with a bomb, was fast forwarding the show.
yingmoon26 27th-Jan-2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
pretty my thoughts summed into one post haha
ep 3 preview looks pretty good though, i think.
markthatcoin 27th-Jan-2013 12:48 am (UTC)
i wanted to love this but i'm mostly really confused. and i love spy stuff :(
i just don't think Choi Kang Hee fits this role at all. i might watch more eps if the db recaps make it seem interesting. but i'm not sure if it's working for me.
edanz_castle 27th-Jan-2013 02:03 am (UTC)
I find Chansung SUPER ATTRACTIVE so seeing his role enter into episode (small part of 1) 2 I was happy. His acting seems pretty good.

Joo Won is dashing as always. And the main female's lead....well that's starting to become too typical in k-drama that she comes off as a bit boring.
raviolikenshin 27th-Jan-2013 04:08 am (UTC)
i feel so sorry for the lead actress :/ it's truly a horrible hair cut for her. i can't watch it cause just looking at stills of her hair i feel upset.
turtles_tszx 27th-Jan-2013 07:48 am (UTC)
Her haircut is bad but the one thing that annoys me is the obvious age difference between lead. The story would be more believable if she was an older and experienced NIS agent who got Joowon as her partner not someone who is around the same age.
fatjackinc 27th-Jan-2013 04:30 am (UTC)
im soooooo relieved i like this. i couldnt finish kaito royale, so i failed as a chan stan. but it was just. so. bad.
nandexdame 27th-Jan-2013 06:42 am (UTC)
I second the "wasn't that great, i'll keep watching." Something about these characters annoy me--their stated motivations/goals are at conflict with the shit they actually do in the drama. If you want to be James Bond, stop doing ridiculously stupid stuff that can get you kicked out of spy school, dude.
ohlookshiny 27th-Jan-2013 10:10 am (UTC)
i love joo won dearly but the first episode really wasn't what i was expecting. no spy stuff? i'd thought they'd introduce that straight away. you could see they were going to meet through the blind date, why on earth did it take so long to get there. i've seen choi kang hee in other things and liked her, she can act, but tbh she is miscast in this role. you can tell it was written for someone younger. plus her character is your typical kdrama female lead, working a zillion part time jobs, poor, desperate for money, very hard working. everything is just so... bland.

i really wanted to like it :(
cestparti 27th-Jan-2013 10:41 am (UTC)
first episode was boring, the second one was like a typical kdrama episode. entertaining when you're watching it, but as soon as it's done you forget about it.

i'm gonna keep watching because of chansung and i haven't watched a kdrama in a long time. so i might as well watch this one.

i heard the lead actress is getting a lot of hate (because she doesn't ~deserve~ joo won), that's sad, she's not really attractive imo (bad haircut!!) but she's a good actress.

it would be fun if for the next posts you included the tweets and pics the actors send to each others. it seems like they get along well :)
purekpopology 27th-Jan-2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
this drama IS pretty forgettable so far. I'm hoping it gets better.

the lead actress is definitely a good actress, i just don't sense any chemistry between the two of them yet so it's hard for me to get on board with the pairing.

do you have a link to where i could find translations of the tweets between them?
muhnaplusmuhna 27th-Jan-2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
This looks like it'll be another typical rom-com :( I like the leads but something about this show seems off. It's supposed to be an intnentional comedy right? Because I'm laughing at the "bad" spies scenes and all I can is the emo hair.

Oh, well. I'll keep reminding myself of this little gem.

markthatcoin 27th-Jan-2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
lol this ferocity is exactly the reason i could not finish gaksital.
muhnaplusmuhna 27th-Jan-2013 07:18 pm (UTC)

I couldn't even add a question or an exclamation mark because I'm that shocked
purekpopology 27th-Jan-2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
ikr?! I don't get her sometimes :P.
markthatcoin 27th-Jan-2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
this made me LOL
markthatcoin 27th-Jan-2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
LOL i stopped about halfway thru when the big switch happened because i felt like every character changed their personalities so much that it was difficult to believe anymore!
muhnaplusmuhna 27th-Jan-2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
I know I should respect your opinion, but.....it's not working. The brain isn't registering.

When it comes to that show, I'm willingly blind to criticisms of any sort except the acting ways of Mok Dan's portrayer.
markthatcoin 27th-Jan-2013 09:04 pm (UTC)

i tried, i really did!!!!! it just didn't work out
muhnaplusmuhna 28th-Jan-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
At least, we have School 2013 to love together!
markthatcoin 28th-Jan-2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
LOL is now a bad time to tell you i'm just watching it to finish it....... ^^;
muhnaplusmuhna 28th-Jan-2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Why do you repeatedly throw my heart into a blender!
markthatcoin 28th-Jan-2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
omg thank you for the flashback to grade school i will now listen to EVE6
muhnaplusmuhna 28th-Jan-2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
lol I had no idea. But, you're welcome :)
purekpopology 27th-Jan-2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel. I'm a little disappointed so far too, because I really wanted Joowon to come out with something awesome again. I hope the show gets better though.
muhnaplusmuhna 27th-Jan-2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
Wasn't there an article where he said he knew he was going to be in at least one sucky show. Do you think he was referring to this??
purekpopology 27th-Jan-2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha if he was referring to this that's hilarious, but I'm sure he just meant in general. It would be impossible to keep his super high ratings streak going forever. He already beat Jeon Woo Chi though XD I wonder if him and Taehyun are gonna fight about it...
muhnaplusmuhna 27th-Jan-2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
They better especially when JWC is about to end. And School is ending too T.T
purekpopology 27th-Jan-2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'm going to miss School 2013 so much, just because I won't get to see Kim Woo Bin every week. idk how you feel about him, but I have a huge crush on him!!
muhnaplusmuhna 28th-Jan-2013 01:13 am (UTC)
I'm going to miss him terribly. But Daniel? That man made me cry!
b1gay4 28th-Jan-2013 04:50 am (UTC)
are those from the same show or is it japanese ver vs korean ver or what
muhnaplusmuhna 28th-Jan-2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
It's from the same show :)
sosyndicate 27th-Jan-2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
I am really just watching this for Chansung. I haven't seen his acting yet, so I was curious, and of course, I want to gaze upon his beauteous face. As other people said, I liked the second episode more than the first (though I didn't think the 1st was bad). I really REALLY dislike the main male lead though; he's such a brat and rude, and I'm just annoyed that he's going to end up with the female lead.

Speaking of which, are there any kdramas where the second romantic interest gets the girl?
nandexdame 28th-Jan-2013 04:45 am (UTC)
how to meet a perfect neighbor, queen of reversals, both starring park shi hoo who plays the guy who gets the girl in the end.
sosyndicate 31st-Jan-2013 05:51 am (UTC)
b1gay4 28th-Jan-2013 04:48 am (UTC)
i thought that screencap of chansung's stomach was a buttcrack i am very dissapointed
stroplok 29th-Jan-2013 08:51 am (UTC)
the script could be interesting - but the director is really messing things up.
The camera-work is boring, the sound is off, the lighting is lazy at best.
The scenes that are supposed to be intense are just embarrassing, the scenes that are supposed to be funny drag out. The flashback scenes are sloppy.
I might give this two more episodes to sink in, but the filmstudent in me is dying a little at all the wasted potential...
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